BRISTOL, Tenn. – Coming up next month, King University track and field athlete Amani McFadden will become the second Tornado student-athlete to attend an NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum. McFadden was one of three Conference Carolinas student-athletes to get selected to attend the Leadership Forum.
A couple of the things McFadden is looking forward to at the Leadership forum include creating relationships with fellow student-athletes and becoming a better leader.
"Interacting with other student-athletes and seeing how their days are different from days here at King, and learning how to be more of leader are a couple things I am most excited about," McFadden stated. "I am also excited to learn other tools that will be useful for my team and for anything I do on campus."
McFadden, a sophomore, competes in the jumping and sprinting events for the Tornado. During her freshman season, she earned Conference Carolinas Track Athlete of the Week following her first collegiate meet.
McFadden gained some advice about the NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum from fellow Tornado student-athlete C.J. Good. Good, a men's basketball player attended the conference in 2015 and encouraged McFadden to attend.
"He told me that it was very fun and they did things that he had never done before, which was one of the main reasons I want to go," McFadden said. "I wanted to do something that was out of my comfort zone because I'm usually around my teammates and that's it. When my coach [Amanda Williamson] said something about it, I was really excited and glad they thought of me to begin with."
The NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum engages a diverse and dynamic representation of student-athletes, coaches, faculty and administrators. Student-athletes selected to attend Leadership Forum return to campus with invaluable leadership skills, the experience of exploring the relationship between personal values, core beliefs and behavioral styles, and a thorough understanding of the NCAA as a whole, the different divisional perspectives and the valuable role of Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC).
The Leadership Forum, created in 1997, has been a life-changing experience for nearly 5,000 student-athletes, many who have grown personally and professionally, gained a new network of peers and friends, as well as felt the rewards and importance of community service.
The 2016-17 NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum will take place November 10-13 in Baltimore, Md.